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Hartford mother charged with leaving 4-year-old home alone

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The following photo of Ronisha Woodard was provided by the Hartford Police Department. The following photo of Ronisha Woodard was provided by the Hartford Police Department.

A mother in Hartford was arrested after police said she left her 4-year-old daughter home alone and the child ended up wandering down a street in the capital city on Saturday afternoon.

Officers were called to Enfield Street after neighbors told police that a young child was walking alone in the streets around 1:30 p.m. Once officers arrived, the child was able to explain to them where she lived.

The officers went to the home where no parent, guardian or relative was located. The girl told police that her mother "had left her home the night before and had not returned."

The girl added that Saturday's incident was not the first time she was left alone.

Neighbor Marnie Mcbean said she saw the young girl wandering down the street on Saturday.

"The little girl was always smiling. She seemed happy, she kept flagging people down because she was hungry, she wanted to eat something," Mcbean said.

Officers searched the area for the missing mother while they rushed the child to Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford for observation. Police said there were no injuries to the child. 

Members of the Special Investigative Division and Major Crimes Division assisted in the search, but the mother was not located.

About an hour and a half later, officials at CCMC were contacted by the mother, who was later identified as 24-year-old Ronisha Woodard. She told hospital officials that she was in New Haven and would be returning to Hartford.

Woodard was interviewed by police at CCMC where she told investigators that she was doing someone's hair in New Haven and that was her only source of income.

Mcbean said the daughter said she was left overnight by herself, however investigators could not confirm how long the child was left alone.

"You should never leave a child home by themselves. Anything can happen. Anyone can break in, a child can get hurt, and can fall," Mcbean added.

Woodard was  charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a minor.

Officials with Connecticut Department of Children and Families were told about the incident and have the child in their custody.

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